Monday, June 18, 2012

in {her} shoes...rachel

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i'm so excited about today's guest post.  Sun Scholars is one of my favorite sites to visit because of the amazing activities that Rachel features.  and her link party on Fridays is one of the best for getting inspiration and ideas.  so, settle in with a cuppa and meet Rachel... 


My name is Rachel.  I try to find a spare moment to share amazing ideas over at my blog, Sun Scholars.  Children, teaching, and creating are my life's passions.  I'm a perfectionist, a self-proclaimed craft snob, a night owl, a Taurus on the inside and an Aries on the outside, lover of Red Vines and mint chocolate chip ice cream, an optimist, and believer that momma's snuggles cure most ailments.  I love to craft, bake, sew, dance, cook, photography, and spend my summer days in a campground surrounded by nature.  And I love my three kids.  I love being a mom.  I love being in the classroom, as a teacher or volunteer.

My blog, for me, was a place to share the things I was creating for my family or our home.  I wanted a chance to share "how-to" instructions for others, as well as provide inspiration.  It has been more of a challenge for me to fill the pages of my blog in the last year, however.  When I'm at home, I never wear shoes. 

Life has changed incredibly for me and my family in the last year.  Originally from the US and Canada, we now living as expats in China!  This has forced us to really come together as a family   and given us a great opportunity to learn and grow together in so many ways.  We have had some pretty big highs and lows over the past year, but I think we are all at a place now where we can happily say we are enjoying this experience.

I asked my children what three words they think best describe me....
Tatum (5) - I love you, and XOXO (hugs and kisses)
Wesley (7) - Sweet, Nice, and Special
Charlotte (8) - Pretty, "A word for a person who loves to do a lot of things", and "Never is mean"
If I was to describe myself as the way my children see me, I would choose the words Happy, Busy, and Organized.  (Yeah, I know.. not as exciting as their answers!)

What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom I am?
I think that finding time for myself has always been my biggest challenge.  I never realized how important that was for me until I had my first child and realized that that time was so hard to come by.  I am a very busy person.  I always have been.  If I have a moment of time in my day, I quickly fill it... but that rarely is time I spend alone.  This is something I sometimes just need to make a priority!

What is the most rewarding part of being a mom?
It never fails.  I go into check on my children before I head to bed, and I can't help but feel a rush of love for each of them... no matter how crazy the day might have been.  I am so very blessed to have them in my life.  The most rewarding part?  Hearing my children tell me they love me, and getting those hugs and snuggles throughout the day.  We have always been big users of "I love you" in our home, and I love that I hear it from my kids each and every day.

What are the most important values a parent can instill in their children?
Self-Esteem, faith in themselves, and appreciating all that they have.  Those are the three things I feel are the most important values that I hope to teach my children.  I want my children to grow up knowing that they are perfect exactly as they are... that they can do and be anything they set their mind and their heart to... and happiness and fulfillment in life comes in the simplest forms.  

I've always heard that being a mom is the hardest job in the world.  I think that the moms that feel that way have to be the moms that really do aspire to be the best mom they can be for their kids.  In the end, I just hope that I'm not screwing my kids up too bad.  I also hope that when they are teenagers they still want to hang out with their mom.  :)

Thanks, Andie, for having me as a part of this great series at Crayon Freckles!  It's an honor to share with your readers!
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